SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mavericks hope that Rodrigue Beaubois' bruised back won't prevent him from playing Wednesday night against the Warriors.
His status is questionable after a hard fall in the first quarter of Monday's loss to the Utah Jazz.
Beaubois soared to try to swat away Paul Millsap's layup on a fast break. The Mavs' first-round fouled Millsap but got the worst of the collision, crashing to the hardwood, landing with a thud on his back.
Coach Rick Carlisle said Beaubois might have been able to return in the first half, but the rookie's back stiffened up during halftime. He'll spend Tuesday getting treatment in Dallas.
"Hopefully by Wednesday, he’ll be OK," Carlisle said.
The Mavs could use Beaubois' quickness and athleticism against Monta Ellis, who had 37 points in the Warriors' win at the AAC earlier this season.